South Rockhampton flood levee decision not set in stone

THE South Rockhampton Flood Levee is not a foregone conclusion, according to Michelle Landry.

The Member for Capricornia said the Federal Government required a feasibility study to be completed and properly assessed before it was prepared to commit further to the project.

Ms Landry arranged a meeting with the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Warren Truss, and Rockhampton Mayor Margaret Strelow in Canberra this week.

"The council knows that the only guarantee it has got from this government to date is to fund a feasibility study. We reaffirmed our election commitment to provide funds to the feasibility study," Ms Landry said.

"As part of this we'd expect from council comprehensive feedback from local residents, ratepayers, the business community and peak industry organisations."

Ms Landry said there had been much speculation by the mayor and local media that the levee bank was a foregone conclusion but it was far too early to make that call.

WHAT’S PLANNED: Graph shows how the proposed levee would affect water flows.
WHAT’S PLANNED: Graph shows how the proposed levee would affect water flows. Supplied

"The mayor has indicated that the State Government was happy to proceed to fund the levee bank.

"If this is the case then the State Government might want to consider putting up much more than a third of the levee costs it has been asked for," she said.

"At this stage, the Federal Government cannot commit to anything until feasibility has been reviewed."

Mayor Margaret Strelow said that she had never assumed the flood levee was a "foregone conclusion".

"This is something we know we have to fight hard for," she said yesterday.

"We appreciate that the Federal Government really has to come on board and we're still working hard to get State Government support as well.

"We still have to convince them both. I think we've got a good argument but we've received no promise of money."

Topics:  flood levee margaret strelow michelle landry rockhampton regional council

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